Police: Woman wanted to hire hit man

Police said a Muskegon woman tried to hire a hit man to kill her husband.
Apr 12, 2013


Julia Merfeld, 21, was arraigned Thursday on charges of solicitation of murder. If she is convicted, Merfeld could face life in prison.

Investigators said the person Merfeld believed was a hit man was actually an undercover police officer. The case began with a tip.

"Had the tip not been received into our office and this had gone forward as the defendant intended it, there would be a homicide we would be investigating," Muskegon County Sheriff Dean Roesler said.

Investigators said they believe the motive was money from an insurance policy.

Merfeld is being held on $500,000 bond.


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